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Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

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4 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, WiFi, bed sheets
TV, fireplace, DVD player, books
Fridge, microwave, oven, dishwasher

Overview of Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

5.0/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Kitchen

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Contactless check-in
Raetihi, Manawatu - Wanganui

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationWhakapapa Ski Area53 min drive
  • Popular LocationTongariro Alpine Crossing62 min drive
  • Popular LocationMount Ruapehu93 min drive

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About this area


This farm stay is located on the waterfront and in a walkable area with good shopping. Mountain Bike Station and Bridge to Nowhere are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Tongariro National Park and Raetihi Show Ground. Fishing and swimming offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with horse riding and mountain biking nearby.

What's nearby

  • Ratana Church - 12 min drive
  • The Dinosaur House - 21 min drive
  • Whakapapa Ski Area - 53 min drive
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing - 62 min drive
  • Mount Ruapehu - 93 min drive


  • Raetihi Cosmopolitan Club - 21 min drive
  • Angel Louise Cafe - 21 min drive
  • Couch Caffe - 21 min drive

About this property

Uncle Bill's Cottage - award winning bach!

Waterfront Property with kitchen and balcony
Uncle Bill's Cottage is a gorgeous farm house on a sheep and beef farm just 20 minutes from Ohakune. As gold award winners in the Family Friendly category of Bach of the Year awards, we understand the importance of creating an enjoyable holiday break for everyone!

Tucked away in the beautiful Orautoha Valley, this is the perfect spot to enjoy quality time together away from the stresses of city life - and without wifi or cell coverage. Breathe in the fresh country air, and be surrounded by the tranquility of nature.

The cottage itself is over 120 years old, and was originally the home of one of the early settlers of the valley, our Great Uncle Bill. It has been beautifully restored while keeping the family history alive and celebrating the quirky touches that Uncle Bill put on the place.

With 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (plus an outdoor bath in the garden!), it is perfect for couples, families or a group of friends. It’s safe, clean, and comfortable and best of all you don’t have to clean it at the end of your visit - all you have to do is enjoy yourselves.

There’s a great wood burner and a huge bin of firewood to keep you warm and toasty in winter. There are oil heaters in every bedroom, and electric blankets on the beds. All linen is supplied, with beds made up ready for you; and plenty of extra linen and bedding should you need it.

The kitchen is fully set up with a modern oven and ceramic cooktop, dishwasher and espresso machine; and in the fridge you’ll find some fresh free range eggs, jam made from fruit grown on the farm, and marshmallows for toasting on the fire down by the river.

With magnificent views over the farm from the decks surrounding the cottage there is always somewhere to sit to watch the animals; or to just sit back and catch the breeze as you watch the river go by at the bottom of the garden.

There is plenty of space for the children to run around, and heaps to keep them entertained – from helping feed the horse, dogs and chickens; swimming or kayaking in your own private section of the river; feeding the eels; or riding a sled towed behind the quad bike. For the little ones there is a balance bike and a trike; plus a playground with swings and slide, a play hut, and even an old quad bike for all those imaginary adventures.

We are close to all the attractions the Ruapehu region is famous for, from fishing, mountain biking, hiking, tramping, skiing and sightseeing. Turoa Skifield is a short drive up from the base of Mt Ruapehu, and Whakapapa Skifield is just 45 minutes away.

There are 14 mountain bike tracks to choose from in the region, so you are spoiled for choice. We are right on the National Cycleway heading to The Bridge to Nowhere Track, which winds through the 'Valley of Abandoned Dreams' to the Whanganui River, with 35km of spectacular scenery and wild beauty.

The stream in front of the cottage is a spawning river for trout, so during the fishing season (1 November – 1 May) there are always plenty of trout, both rainbow and brown. For keen fishermen, you have the exclusive use of the Orautoha Stream as it runs through our property, approximately 4km, from right in front of the cottage. The Manganui O te Ao River, world famous for its deep gorges and beautiful pools, is just 5 minutes away. If you are new to fishing and would just like to have a go, we have an adult’s rod and net available for you to use.

Grab the chance to escape to the country and enjoy the Uncle Bill’s experience, you'll love it!

Guest accommodation at this farm stay offers fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. Kitchens offer fridges, microwaves, kitchenware and utensils and dishwashers.

Bathrooms include a shower. Additionally, rooms include espresso makers and coffee/tea makers.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices


Contactless social distancing
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: WiFi

Things to do

  • Kayaking
  • Swimming pool

Family friendly

  • Children's games
  • DVD player
  • High chair
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Fridge


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Firepit
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Books
  • Smoke-free property
  • Stereo

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets
  • Heating


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels


  • DVD player
  • TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric kettle
  • Espresso maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Paper towels
  • Fridge
  • Spices
  • Toaster

Outdoor space

  • Balcony
  • Private porch


  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Iron/ironing board

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Check-in time starts at 2:30 PM


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host, not a professional engaged in trade or business
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation

Property is also known as

Uncle Bill's Cottage Award Winning Bach!
Uncle Bill's Cottage - Award Winning Bach! Raetihi
Uncle Bill's Cottage - Award Winning Bach! Agritourism property

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 70 out of 70 reviews
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5/5 Excellent

Wonderful Bach
This is an amazing property, we had a fantastic stay. Stunning surroundings, the Bach is clean and is fully equipped with everything we needed. Thank you Jenny for making our stay so amazing, we loved it!

5/5 Excellent

Can't wait to go back
We had a very enjoyable and memorable stay at Uncle Bills Cottage. Two families with a small child each and there was plenty of space, having a bathroom each was really good. The kitchen was extremely well stocked with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. We had a winter break and we were able to get up the mountain to play in the snow both days. We'd love to come back in the summer and make the most of the location on the river. The hosts were incredible,really lovely people who went out of their way to make our stay special.

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful Weekend
Another wonderful stay at Uncle Bill’s. We love the cottage, the views, the peace & quiet and the farm.

5/5 Excellent

Another awesome stay at Uncle Bills
Rebooked Uncle Bills for another winter break with friends. Great to be back and enjoy the river, fire pit, mountain, walks and biking and the farm - thanks for having us all again to enjoy your beautiful part of the world.

5/5 Excellent

Rural getaway
We loved our stay at Uncle Bills', it's a great character filled cottage situated on a beautiful farm. I'm sure we'll be back!